Western Washington dismisses UAF in GNAC semi-final again

LACEY, WA-The worst dejavu is when you relive your worst moment again. That’s what happened to the UAF men’s basketball team this evening in the GNAC Championship semi-final.

Western Washington rolled to a 73-52 win over the Nanooks to advance to the title game.

In back to back tournaments UAF beat MSUB in the 1st round and lost to the Vikings in the 2nd round. 61-43 was the result in 2013.

The Nanooks couldn’t hit the side of a barn shooting a mere 15 percent and scoring only 14 points in the first half while Western Washington scored from everywhere. The Vikes led 38-14 at the half.

Ronnie Baker had 18 to lead the Nooks. 16 of his points were in the second half. Baker went 4-5 from three point land as well.bSergej Pucar added 12 as UAF got within 39-27 with 16:27 remaining. But the Vikings continued to score and UAF’s rough shooting remerged as they couldn't close the gap.

Western Washington's Jeffrey Parker had a game 21 points and nine boards on 7-10 shooting. He went 5-6 from three. Joey Schreiber chipped with 14 points off the bench. The Vikes outrebounded UAF by 14 as well.

The season series was a 1-1 split. In those two games Parker scored just seven points on 2-12 shooting and 0-5 from beyond the arc. Schreiber scored 18 in the road loss at the Patty Center but didn't play in the second game at home.

Alaska's 29 percent shooting clip was the worst since February 2012 against Western Oregon. The Nanooks were worlds better outscoring the Vikings 38-35 in the second half on 43 percent shooting but it wasn't enough. Western Washington shot a warm 51 percent for the game.

The Nanooks season ends at 18-10 overall and 12-6 in the GNAC improving from their 16-12 and 10-8 conference mark in 2012-2013.

UAF finished 3rd in the GNAC and reached the semi-final for second straight year to conclude their 2013-2014 season with six seniors.